Repercussions of Mods
How damaging are mods to your system (in use, not installation) in comparison with each other? Does this differ on what model you're using?
Basically all I know is that regular soldered mods send an extra amount of voltage which can be damaging. Do non-soldered do this as well? I've even seen recommendations of fliptops over non-solder so I'm wondering if this is the case. There are also claims on DMS3's site that they don't have an issue with the amount of power being sent.
I obviously haven't been too successful in finding too much information on the topic so would appreciate any information. Thanks.
I've actually seen more problems caused by the non-solder mods than by a soldered mod. Of course, the actual installation of the solder mod can cause problems if not done correctly, but after that everything's fine. I have had an Apple mod in one system of mine for 2 years now and never had a problem. The main problem that you will see is laser issues. These are mainly caused by people using generic or low quality media (ie. Princo DVD-Rs) or scratched and dirty media. These make the laser work harder, thereby shortening the life of it.
I'm asking if certain modchips are more likely to damage the PS2 than others, and if different models of the PS2 are more susceptibleto this damage.
I'm also curious as to why a no-solder chip would cause more damage than a fliptop. With a fliptop, you're constantly exposing the laser so how can this be safer?
Well a no-solder mod is VERY harmful to your ps2, and has killed countless units, to get the drive tray to open it sends power to it, which I don't have to tell you what kinds of trouble that will cause.
on the other hand fliptops are pretty much harmless except for the double/tripple swapping you will be doing to get your games to boot. I would just recommend gettin a no swap mod, which is the best way to go. Premods is highly recommended.
CAUTION: flippes don't work with all games/consoles, so BEWARE!
exposing the laser wont do much to damage it at all. plenty of portable cd players, and even portable dvd players use clamshell designs that expose the laser unit. the only real problem with that is you'll probably need to clean the lens more often because of dust settling on it.
now if you were trusting a 5 year old with it, it could potentially be damaging as they can shove fingers and god knows what else in there, but even then, that's not the fault of the laser or anything. that's just kids being annoying.
no solder chips are nice if you wanna just about guaruntee that something in your ps2 is gonna fail within a couple months, possibly even weeks.
if your'e gonna put up with swapping, theres just no reason to use a method that could kill your ps2 within normal use(not talking about how long you play, but how you handle the ps2)
and there's been a couple really shitty solder modchips that have killed ps2's, but you wont find 'em hardly mentioned or even sold anywhere since no one wants to bother with crappy products like that. just about any chip you see discussed on this forum wont ruin your ps2 if installed properly.
Agreed with prisoner, well put, buy a no swap! :)